August 21, 2015 – Blue Rock-thrush (Monticola solitarius)

Requested by: gepwin

These thrushes are found in northwest Africa, Southern Europe, the Middle East, northern India, China, Mongolia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. They eat invertebrates and small vertebrates, including lizards, snakes, frogs, and mice. In the winter they also eat fruit, seeds, and berries. The philippensis subspecies is the only group with reddish-brown feathers, the other four subspecies are varying shades of blue and blue-grey. They build their nests from dry grasses, leaves, and moss and line them with grass, feathers, and plant down, locating them under rocks or in crevices.

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